This fall, 35 Oklahoma City educators journeyed to Quartz Mountain for a weekend of intensive artistic study at the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.
This series of weekend retreats for adults is taught by master artists in the literary, visual and performing arts. The educators received full scholarships to the program.
OFAI gives Oklahomans a chance to study with nationally renowned artists without traveling far from home. Beginners and professional artists alike can find workshops that fit their expertise and interests in a variety of classes, including painting, photography, printmaking, writing, dancing, theater, and arts integration.
The program is held at the Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center in southwest Oklahoma.
“This environment fosters networking and creative growth, both equally important to maintain enthusiasm in the classroom,” said Betty Blackburn, a drama teacher. “My experience can be multiplied by 125, since each of my students will benefit from the lessons and material I will share.”
Oklahoma public school educators automatically receive full scholarships including tuition, room and board. They were sponsored by the Oklahoma state Department of Education, Albers Family Fund, Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation and Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, with additional support from the Oklahoma Arts Council.
“As a first-year teacher and first-time attendee at OFAI, I had a fantastic time,” said Bryan Grigsby, visual arts teacher at Dove Science Academy. “This weekend really boosted my confidence, and presented me with new ideas and challenges that I am eager to explore.”
This summer, Oklahoma high school students can study with the nation's top artists at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, June 15-30. Auditions begin in January at locations across the state, and all accepted students automatically receive a full scholarship to the program, worth more than $3,000.
Annina Collier is director of public relations and outreach for the Oklahoma Arts Institute.
AT A GLANCE
Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute participants
Oklahoma Arts Institute
The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, nonprofit organization developed in 1977, with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. More information is available at www.